National NGOs & Civil Society

National NGOs in Commonwealth countries

The composition of local NGOs in many countries is mostly aligned with specific areas of need. Health, education, sustainable development and poverty reduction distinctly form the bulk of NGO activity in most of the Commonwealth including developed countries. In the UK NGOs aligned to health issues, such as Cancer Research UK, receive the most income. By most measures BRAC a microfinance, health and education NGO is the largest in Bangladesh. In Australia the most successful NGO in terms of fundraising revenue is devoted to causes of the aged (2010).

NGOs have existed in many forms over the centuries. In developing countries where they appear to be needed most they are progressively receiving more significant recognition as the ‘third sector’. NGOs are now increasingly and uniquely recognised by statute in a lot of countries.  Traditionally non-profit organisations in the Commonwealth have been able to establish themselves mainly and simply as legal entities such as trusts or companies limited by guarantee. However in the past two decades a variety of legislation has been introduced in a number of countries setting out standards which they should follow, some of which has been controversial.

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Antigua and Barbuda Australia The Bahamas
Bangladesh Barbados Belize
Botswana Brunei Darussalam Cameroon
Canada Cyprus Dominica
Fiji Ghana Grenada
Guyana India Jamaica
Kenya Kiribati Lesotho
Malawi Malaysia Malta
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
Nauru New Zealand Nigeria
Pakistan Papua New Guinea Rwanda
Saint Lucia Samoa Seychelles
Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands
South Africa Sri Lanka St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and The Grenadines Swaziland Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu Uganda
United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania Vanuatu